What would you do if you accidentally chipped a tooth? You might be at home having dinner, or out with your friends, and bite into something too hard for your teeth. A chicken bone. Ribs. A pit. You felt some pressure and heard the slight crackle. Your tongue glides inside your mouth and suddenly feels a jagged edge. Your tooth chipped! Seek the Services of your dentist to repair your teeth. But it’s important that you need to know what to do before going to your dentist.
The best thing to do in cases like this is to consult with your dentist. But while you are at home or not yet able to see your dentist, you can do temporary chipped tooth repair at home. It is fairly easy and straightforward.
- Assess the damage. What was the size of the tooth that chipped off? Oftentimes, if the size is large enough, you can isolate the shard with your tongue, and bring it out. Keep it for your consult with the dentist.
- Is it causing you pain? If this is the case, you may take OTC analgesics to ease the pain before you see your dentist. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen will do the job. Otherwise, if you just experience a new jagged sensation, as your tongue brushes into the jagged edge of the chipped tooth, it may be better for your tongue just to avoid the chipped tooth. It isn’t easy, really!
- If the chip is sharp enough to cut and hurt your tongue, it might be good to put a patch on it. A patch of unsweetened chewing gum might do the job. Paraffin or dental wax is also a good substance to blunt the edge of the chipped tooth. Leave it on the chipped tooth until you see the dentist.
- Rinse your mouth with salt and water, or any antiseptic solution you have at home. This will prevent the spread of infection in your mouth in case you have accidentally suffered a cut.
Make sure to consult with your dentist as soon as possible. Temporary chipped tooth repair at home is not a permanent solution.